Device for detecting seat occupancy in a motor vehicle
A device for detecting seat occupancy in a motor vehicle, especially for
inhibiting airbag release when a seat is unoccupied, is provided. A seat
occupancy sensor has a front sensing region and a rear sensing region,
which can be evaluated separately. In this way, it is possible to
determine whether the front seat passenger is in a sitting position close
to the front seat edge of the seat cushion, which reduces the protective
effect of the airbag. This can possibly be indicated visually or audibly.
As a further measure, the inhibiting of an airbag release can be provided
in the case of an incorrect sitting position. The seat occupancy sensor
can be a resistive membrane pressure sensor.
Zeidler; Falk (Sindelfingen, DE), Petri; Volker (Aidlingen, DE), Mickeler; Reinhold (Altdorf, DE), Meyer; Michael (Sindelfingen, DE) |
March 3, 1995|